Clarksville, Ark. --- Russellville artist Neal Harrington will present the art exhibit "Hard Travelin' Man --- A Visual Ballad in Linoleum" as the featured Artist of the Month for February at the University of the Ozarks' Stephen Gallery.
Harrington is an assistant professor of art and gallery director at Arkansas Tech University. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Dakota and his Master’s in Fine Arts from Wichita State University. His wife, Tammy, is an assistant professor of art at University of the Ozarks. Said Harrington, “My ballad speaks to a fascination with the open road, it evokes a spirit of independence, and it points to places without boundaries. It is an ode to the adventure of riding the rails. Woody Guthrie epitomized the idea of roaming the country and going whenever and wherever a notion took him. Still, the make-believe world of the roamer has a dark, unsettling side. Traveling musicians could be heroes one moment and forgotten the next, as locals might become jealous or be spoiling for a fight. This series of relief prints explores the unbridled life of one such young man who risks everything to live the American Dream by seeking fame and fortune in forgotten country sides inhabited by forgotten peoples. The stories of dreams unfold in images, and this man’s dream is no different. I call this work a visual ballad.” There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus. The exhibit will run from Feb. 1 to Feb. 28. The gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, contact the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at 979-1349.